John 8:57

So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” (ESV)

  1. It is interesting that the crowd isn’t interested in knowing WHY Jesus said these words about Abraham—instead they wanted to argue about things that don’t make sense from their finite understanding. Because the crowd could not see beyond the physical things of this world. They could not see beyond the temporal.

    And so when Jesus brings them to the hope that Abraham had, they were more concerned about getting into an earthly debate about earthly things.

    We see this too often in the Christian community today, the things that we are truly passion about often have very little to do with the Gospel. The things that truly stir and compel us too many times have nothing to do with the glory of God.

    We give ourselves to things of this world and sometimes we may do them in the name of Christ and they may have nothing to do with Christ.

    The crowd here wanted the earthly debate and Jesus was trying to move them to the Father. And the reason they were quick to debate is that they did not know that God’s words of hope, freedom and truth were being spoken into their life.

    This is what happens when we are not walking in obedience to the Father, we get lost in earthly debates that ultimately are meaningless. We become focus on the finite and we lose sight of what is eternal.

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